Interiors (LP)


Quicksand

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Amoeba Review

11/10/2017

It's hard to avoid the word "nostalgic" when listening to a band's first record in 22 years; especially when that band seems to have sustained their core sound all that time, but let it be known in the case of Quicksand's latest LP the word does not come to mind in a negative context. Rather it's a compliment to the quartet's cohesion and sustained fidelity, as Interiors finds the band at the enviable intersection between youthful energy and road-worn introspection. Sonically speaking the album's production is as thick as a '90s alt-rock milkshake, filling every corner with creamy, layered guitars, tight and booming snare drum, and deep, buzzing bass that seems to hook the listener in on every track. From the opening moments of album opener, "Illuminant," the listener is transported back to mid '90s, when bass and guitars adhered to repetitive, heavy riffs with no room for ambiguity. As Walter Schreifels's vocals enter the scene with a smooth grit, the familiar post-hardcore sound is complete and we're locked into a fully realized spectrum of polished power and noise. Midway through the track the band pulls back its bite and dissolves into shimmering, angular psychedelia more akin to shoegaze than to hardcore or metal, a welcomed theme that seems to permeate the album, especially on songs like "Cosmonauts" and "Hyperion" where ethereal guitars contrast with the dissonance of rock-solid riffage. The contrasting textures contained within each song further highlight the instrumental sophistication behind the angsty music, as each band member will, after playing a phrase with a distinctly independent personality, lock into a unified groove that feels like some sort of ascension or higher purpose being released.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Illuminant
Quicksand 03:53
2.
Under The Screw
Quicksand 02:56
3.
Warm And Low
Quicksand 03:48
4.
>
Quicksand 00:47
5.
Cosmonauts
Quicksand 04:09
6.
Interiors
Quicksand 04:58


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Hyperion
Quicksand 04:34
2.
Fire This Time
Quicksand 03:32
3.
Feels Like A Weight Has Been Lifted
Quicksand 03:35
4.
>>
Quicksand 01:36
5.
Sick Mind
Quicksand 03:13
6.
Normal Love
Quicksand 04:16

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